Organizing the Wrapping Supplies

Posted on Dec 9 2011 - 3:57pm by David Decker

It’s no secret that the holidays can be a stressful time.  Although pegged “the most wonderful time of the year,” what is known as “wonderful” can also be extra pressure and work – buying and wrapping presents, traveling, planning to spend time with family members. But while there’s no fix-all cure for the holidays, there are a few things that can help your season go a little smoother.

When it comes to wrapping presents, I like to keep my supplies all in one organized space so I can easily find what I’m looking for when a last minute gift needs to be wrapped.  Thanks to a quick trip to the dollar store (or even Ikea is a great location for these cheaper items), I was able to create an entire “wrapping closet” where all of my festive supplies in one place.

Shopping List

  • over-the-door shoe rack ($2-$12)
  • shower caddy ($1-$20)
  • plastic Tupperware box ($3-$10)
  • wooden dowels $.50 each – $7 each)
  • metal or plastic bucket ($7-$30)

Now once you’ve picked up your supplies, it’s time to put them to use.  Choose whatever closet or space (preferably with a door) you’d like to turn into your very own wrapping corner.

Creating Your Closet

The over-the-door shoe racks come with multiple pockets (usually 24), and each one can be used for a separate category.  Keep rolls of tape in one pocket, scissors in another, one for gift tags, etc.  They’re also great for bows, glue, glitter, or recycled wrapping paper.  Just fold up the leftover pieces, and they’ll stack right up in the remaining pockets.  And because pockets are clear, you can easily see what’s inside.

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Next, hang your shower caddy on the wall or door to hold your smaller-sized items. These caddies are great for holding notebooks, shopping lists, or markers for writing on gift tags.  And if you have small children and want to keep objects out of reach, this is a great option as the rack can be placed safely above their line of vision.

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Use the plastic Tupperware box and wooden dowels to help tackle your ribbons.  Put the dowels through each spool of ribbon and then hang within box for a quick, organized fix.  Ribbons can be poked through the outside holes for easy access and no tangled mess!

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Finally, a home for the most important ingredient of all – wrapping paper!  These paper-filled rolls can often be large, heavy, and come unwound without warning.  But, they also come with the easiest wrapping closet fix.  Simply place them inside a large tin or trashcan to keep them in place.  Each pattern can easily be reached and seen from this handy container.  You can even choose a model with wheels, like this one, for easy transportation to and from your wrapping closet.

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Use these simple (and inexpensive) tip to help organize your wrapping supplies.  With just a little effort and organization, you can help make the holidays easier by cutting down on clutter.  Be sure to check back in for more tips on organizing and de-cluttering your home.